To make your life easier, dear Reader, here are the blog posts in chronological order related The Numbers 🙂
Month 1 (May):
- Week 1 – Pleasantly surprised 🙂
- Week 2: Oh dear…
- Week 3: Ok, we seem to making progress…
- Week 4: Bugger.
- Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th May (week 4.1?)
- The Numbers: A Summary of Month 1
Month 2 (June):
- Week 5: I’m not so sure…
- Week 6
- Week 7: An experiment in no Husbands
- Week 8: Over budget. Again.
- Week 9
- The Numbers: A Summary of Month 2
Month 3 (July):
- Week 10! Into double-figures on Our Brat Experiment 🙂
- Week 11: Big Improvement 🙂
- Week 12
- Week 13
- The Numbers: A Summary of Month 3
Month 4 (August):
- Week 14
- Week 15: A pleasant surprise
- Week 16: Coasting Along
- Week 17: A Short Week
- The Numbers: A Summary of Month 4
Month 5 (September):
Month 6 (October):
Month 7 (November):
Month 8 (December):
Month 9 (January):
Month 10 (February):
- Week 39 & Week 40
- Week 41
- Week 42 (our last week) & Month 10 (our last month) in Korea!
- Our Financial Year of Living in South Korea
P.S. The first numbers post (before Month 1 started) is actually below this.
Sunday 24th April 2016
I have been reading blogs about early retirement pretty intensely this week and I must say I felt like I had the basic gist: Aim to save lots by spending less. Wonderful. Simple as. Until you actually leave the house and apply it to your real life. We went to the shops with the good intentions of JUST getting some cheap running clothes for my husband (we have recently moved countries and he didn’t bring much with him) and some fresh fruits and veges (we like to eat healthily). However, we ended up spending a massive 163 240 won (roughly 141 US$)!!! And the horror is that with each purchase I genuinely did not feel like I was splurging… This is a problem.
- Walked to the shop. Cost: 0 won + awesome hubby time. Wonderful – felt like a hero.
- Two coffees. Cost: 7 000 won. We “needed” to replenish after the walk…
- A sun hat. Cost: 9 990 won. Good health investment but an impulse buy.
- Eye makeup remover. Cost: 6 500 won. Necessary – didn’t bring any with me in our move.
- Multivitamins. Cost: 25 500 won. Good health investment but pricey!
- Groceries. Cost: 19 920 won. Fine. We have to eat.
- 60th birthday card for my father-in-law. Cost: 2 500 won. Wonderful 🙂
- Wedding card. Cost: 2 000 won. Wonderful 🙂
- String, pegs & postcards to hang in our apartment. Cost: 5 000 won. Cheap home decoration 🙂
- Glass water bottle. Cost: 11 000 won. Good health investment but pricey.
- Sunflower sneakers. Cost: 29 000 won. An indulgence but SO cute AND were originally 69 000 won so I got a deal…
Lunch out. Cost: 17 000 won. Delicious but I will admit we could have eaten for cheaper.
- Fresh groceries. Cost: 25 130 won. Fine also.
- Taxi home. Cost: 3 200 won. An indulgence but couldn’t carry all the groceries home.
On surveying the list I’m not sure how much I
could have wanted to cut down… You see, dear Reader, the problem is this: I want to enjoy my life. I don’t want this early retirement thing to feel like a diet i.e. constant self-denial. So how the hell am I going to achieve that?!?